Subversive Historian – 09/23/08

The Grito de Lares

Exactly one-hundred and forty years ago on this day in people’s history, Puerto Ricans revolted against Spanish colonial rule. On September 23rd, 1868, Dr. Ramon Emetorio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, leaders of the Revolutionary Committee of Puerto Rico, executed the rebellion years in the planning. Tired of colonial oppression, hundreds of armed insurrectionists took the local town of Lares and raised the revolutionary flag of Puerto Rico knitted by Mariana Bracetti. They next set up to take the town of San Sebastian but Spanish militia forces routed the rebels and ended the revolt. Despite the outcome, “El Grito de Lares,” would live on to inspire generations of independence movement fighters and is now a national holiday in Puerto Rico.

In 1950, another grito would sound on the island, only this time against the United States…

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